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    FloraPodium on Tour: FlowerHunters

    Buyers regularly go out to find the most beautiful products and to stay in touch with our growers. They constantly look for the best buys, keep their eye out for exclusive products and while doing so collect information about the cultivation of the crop.

    On this page we would like to bring you along on these educational, stunning and above all fun Flowerhunter visits!!

    Wietse Mellema

    FlowerHunter: Jan de Boer

    Large spheres, small spheres, spheres with bubbles, long stems and short stems. In white, yellow, pink and purple ... alliums! Wietse grows them all! Wietse Mellema from nursery Mts Mellema-Versteeg has 1000 different types of alliums at his nursery. All these varieties created a sight to see during a special visit.
    Love and passion
    Wietse started growing flowers at the age of 16. A grower with passion for his cultivation and love for his profession. His biggest challenge lies in discovering new varieties. Varieties that are exclusive, with an added value that people recognize and are willing to pay for.

    He grows outdoors on large plots of land. Wietse grows different types of tulips on 15 hectares and on 2 hectares there are at least 1000 different types of alliums. And this is what we came for. Most species are used for breeding, his biggest hobby. Only 30 varieties are grown on a small scale for sale.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Creil, 21 June 2022

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    Ansu Vanda

    FlowerHunter: Esther Schreuder

    Ansu Vanda is known for its wonderful assortment of Vandas. In addition to the Vanda's, several special, distinctive plants are also grown.
    We were given a fantastic tour of the company by Sven. He took us through the tropical greenhouse where the Vandas and Tillandsias grow and told us in detail about the upcoming cultivation of the Aglaonema, Stephania and Gymno Cactus. We will definitely come back again for an extended edition of one of these special plants.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Wateringen, 17 June 2022

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    Kolster BV

    FlowerHunter: Esther Schreuder

     

    This year the FloraPodium went to visit Kolster BV again during their open house. It is always nice to walk around the garden and see what crops are growing and flowering.
    Kolster has an extensive breeding program of very diverse flowers and plants and they succeeded in amazing us again.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Boskoop, 17 June 2022

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    FlowerTrials HBA/Agriom

    FlowerHunter: Esther Schreuder/Marck Limmen

    Agriom has achieved results with its partners in a wide range of ornamental and small fruit crops since starting its breeding activities in 1985. In cooperation with Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) they breed Hydrangeas and market them under the name 'Royal'.
    The FloraPodium took a look at the garden during the FlowerTrials. Agriom and HBA had put on a great show with the Delphiniums and Hydrangeas. We feasted our eyes again and of course expressed our preference as to which species we would like to see back in the future.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, De Kwakel, 16 June 2022

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    Sonneveld Hydrangea

    FlowerHunter: Michel Stieva

    Piet, Henk and Steve Sonneveld are three brothers from a horticultural family. Their grandfather, father and uncles grew vegetables. In the late 1990s, a small corner of hydrangea was introduced. Ten years later, when vegetables became more and more mass-produced, many growers decided to switch to floriculture. It wasn’t a difficult choice for the Sonneveld brothers; in 2007, they said goodbye to the peppers and the specialism in growing hydrangeas was continued.
    Today, the brothers grow a wide range of hydrangeas on 6.5 hectares from March to January. Five years ago, Helleborus cultivation was added, which with a production from December to March fits in very nicely with the resting period of the hydrangea.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Bleiswijk, 12 May 2022

    Pico Bello Hortensia

    FlowerHunter: Michel Stieva

    Like many other companies in the floriculture sector, Pico Bello is a real family business. Only in this case not from father to son but vice versa; father Paul joined the company of son Richard.
    Richard started the company ten years ago. Father Paul already worked in hydrangea cultivation and decided to join his son.
    Brothers Bob and Danny actually had very different plans. Bob wanted to become a surgeon, but after not begin drawn twice for med school, he decided to take up another study. He had more time to help out in the company and so his love for the company has grown.
    Danny had a job as a hydrangea cultivation advisor, but he also followed in his brothers footsteps. Father Paul can take it a little easier these days, the brothers Richard, Danny and Bob grow high-quality hydrangeas on 10 hectares from the beginning of April to mid-December.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Bleiswijk, 12 May 2022

    Ronald Boots

    FlowerHunter: Jan de Boer

    When you visit Ronald Boots' nursery, you actually have to sit down for a few minutes to process all the impressions. An overwhelming and impressive color palette will appear on your retina, which cannot be captured with any camera and which cannot be described with words!

    Ronald is the third generation of tulip breeders. He has continued the passion of his father and grandfather in the town of Hem. Ronald has specialized in breeding distinctive, exclusive varieties of tulips, with which he has managed to find his own place in the market.
    At an early stage, Ronald produces small numbers, that he offers to a handful of regular customers who test these new varieties and provide feedback.
    He grows about 1 million tulips per season from his nursery, which he sells to three exporters in the market.
    His growing season is about eight weeks and after these eight weeks he completely focuses on the new crossings and on keeping existing species healthy.
    We were very happy to be able to enjoy his nursery and will definitely come back!

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Hem, 21 april 2022

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    WF Leenen

    FlowerHunter: Esther Schreuder

    W.F. Leenen is a true family business that is run by the enthusiastic brothers Dirk and Jaco. They have taken over the company, which was founded by their grandfather, from their passionate father.

    The brothers prefer to grow small quantities of each variety, so that there is a large product range on the market, however on a small scale. Breeding daffodils is also part of the business. It is important to know that breeding a daffodil takes about 25 years. It takes a long time to grow a bulb from a seed that flowers and is of good quality. That is why only about two new types of daffodils come onto the market every year.

    One of the special aspects of the way they grow at W.F. Leenen is that the daffodils are grown on a shell substrate instead of in soil. The germinated roots anchor themselves more easily in this substrate. This way of growing is clean, because no soil sticks to the stems and the soil will not need to be disinfected. In addition, they can heat at lower temperatures due to the use of shells. An additional advantage is that it is better for the environment. They can recycle almost all waste, leaving little to be disposed of.

    FloraPodium on Tour, Voorhout, 17 March 2022

    Gardens of Egmond

    FlowerHunter: Michel Stieva

    Garden of Egmond has been specialized in growing various bulbs for many years. After Carlo van Schagen had been growing flowers in France and Portugal for several years, he returned to the Netherlands two years ago, where he bought a greenhouse in Heemskerk. Here, in addition to bulb cultivation, Carlo grows exclusive varieties of French tulips on a small scale. He gave us a nice tour, which we would like to repeat in the future!
    Eighty percent of the species that Carlo grows are his own species. This makes its range unique and distinctive. A number of varieties are grown in boxes, but the majority are in the open ground. Carlo strives to grow as sustainably as possible, close to nature. The strength of the bulb is extracted from the ground and this benefits the quality of the flower. It is important that the tulips grow very slowly. French tulips require 90 to 100 days of growth before they can be harvested.
    Unlike many growers in Heemskerk, Carlo does not have roller greenhouses. Once in the ground, he can no longer control growth and is dependent on the temperature inside. The 'programming' of the tulip therefore requires a good pre-treatment of the bulb before it goes into the ground. In the Netherlands, Carlo has to deal with a different climate than abroad, so he has to reevaluate the conditions here. This is therefore an interesting challenge for Carlo! Carlo has about ten weeks of production.
    After our visit we were quite impressed, and we are convinced that we will certainly hear and see more of his beautiful varieties of tulips.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Heemskerk, 17 February 2022

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    Wijnen Anthuriums

    FlowerHunter: Esther Schreuder

    Joan Wijnen was only 19 when he took over his father's business and his wife Nancy soon joined him in the business. Together they have built up the company into a nursery of more than 5 hectares, where they now grow more than 35 types of anthuriums.
    The Anthuriums are available in various sizes, lengths and packaging options (in boxes or on water, possibly also with extra-long stems). They are delivered fresh every day to the Flora Holland auction in Aalsmeer, Rijnsburg, Eelde and Herongen.
    Joan Wijnen also finds it important to make the process more sustainable, which is why he is going to use a wood-burning stove, which reduces the use of gas by 1,000,000 m3. The anthuriums are also grown as organically as possible.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Asten, 04 maart 2022

    Sjaak van Schie

    FlowerHunter: Esther Schreuder

    The family business Sjaak van Schie BV was founded in 1980 and specializes in supplying high-quality Hydrangea in pots, for outside and indoors. With a branch in Portugal and a few sites in the Netherlands, they can supply all year round. We were allowed to take a look at the greenhouse, where we were particularly impressed with the Hydrangea Avantgarde. A Hydrangea with one large flower, even bigger than a football. The flower of this special species is like a magic ball. The flower starts out white, but slowly turns to pink or blue. At the end of the season, it can even turn red (classic variant). The plant is supplied in pot size 23 with an optional hand-woven sustainable basket.

    They are available from week 8 to week 20.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Maasdijk, 18 February 2022

    V.O.F. Bakkum

    FlowerHunter: Michel Stieva

    During the tulip season we like to visit different growers! A chat, a tour in the greenhouse and we learn something new every time.
    And at V.O.F. Bakkum we were warmly welcomed; despite the enormous amount of work they were facing at the time! V.O.F. Bakkum is a true family business; brothers Marcel and Nico Bakkum run the company together with their wives Carola and Rosemary. And their sons also help in the company next to their studies!
    V.O.F. Bakkum grows various types of seasonal flowers. In October and November the greenhouses are full of disbudded chrysanthemums. Scilla and Crocus are grown for bulbs and the brothers have also been growing tulips for about ten years.
    The majority of the tulips are grown in wooden boxes in potting soil, and a small part in the open soil. The wooden boxes are steamed after each harvest before being planted again in November and December. In the months of January to April they grow various types of tulips, whereby quality is of paramount importance. The entire process of planting, picking and sorting bulbs is done by hand. After all, the human eye is by far the most critical!

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Heemskerk, 17 February 2022

    Bredefleur

    FlowerHunter: Eric Klein, Dion van den Heuvel

    Dion and Eric went to visit lily grower Bredefleur. They have several locations; Dion and Eric went to visit the Bredeweg in Moerkapelle where the LA varieties are grown. The company is run by Peter, Thomas and Levi Evers. Levi gave Dion and Eric the tour of the greenhouses. He said that they strive to be the most sustainable lily grower in the Netherlands, therefore no pesticides are being used in the greenhouse.
    The lilies are grown in the full soil. The spent bulbs are destroyed and crushed and mixed in the soil, after which new bulbs are planted. The cultivation schedule is very tightly planned, so that they can supply the entire range of LA lilies of excellent quality all year round.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Moerkapelle, 17 February 2022

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    Coast Dolf de Wit en zn.

    FlowerHunter: Michel Stieva

    Grower Erwin de Wit is also one of our regulars. Yet there is always something new to see and learn for us. New varieties, different cultivation, different trade… We value our good relationship with the growers. We have seen some beautiful well-known varieties such as Lingerie, Leo, Verona Red, Dutch Crown and Double Twist. But… Erwin said, a number of new varieties are coming this year. He has planted eight varieties of the 'San' line and we will soon see them again on the FloraPodium.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Heemskerk, 17 February 2022

    Tunezo

    FlowerHunter: Michel Stieva

    We really feel at home with Ben Jansen and Wapke Oostveen of the Tunezo nursery. Last summer we already saw the beautiful Scabiosa, Eremurus, Nerine and Agapanthus. This time we came to take a look at their tulips, and, again, we were so impressed! Ben loves beautiful products and a bit of exclusivity. This means that he regularly has to reinvent his production process and see what fits which product. But therein lies his challenge! Our eye fell on the beautiful pink 'Big Love', a sight for sore eyes! And the beautiful 'Apricot Glow' has the most extraordinary color. Both types are special, small-scale and therefore unique. And Ben and Wapke, make sure the entire work process is done by hand and under the eye of the master. Only the best is good enough!

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Heemskerk, 17 February 2022

    Interplant Roses

    FlowerHunter: Peter van Delft

    Everyone is already busy for Valentine's Day. Manon van 't Klooster from Interplant Roses brought a vase with romantic varieties for the FloraPodium.
    We were also allowed to take a look behind the scenes of breeder Interplant Roses during the trials. Peter van Delft did not turn down this opportunity and was had the opportunity to look at some beautiful future varieties.

    FloraPodium on Tour, Harmelen, 27 januari 2022

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    MM Duin- Bearflowers

    FlowerHunter: Michel Stieva

     

    Corinne owns the company MM Duin together with her partner and her brother. As with many growers, this is a real family business; Corinne's grandfather started the company in 1928. ’An old craft, combined with new innovations', is how Corinne describes her company.
    Like many other tulip growers in Heemskerk, they grow on sand; the roots of the bulbs can grow to 50 cm in length and derive all their strength from the soil. This results in beautiful, heavy quality tulips.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Heemskerk, 20 January 2022

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    Borst Bloembollen

    FlowerHunter: Michel Stieva

     

    Borst Bloembollen is a beautiful company based in Obdam. They produce many different types of tulips on more than 215 hectares.
    The tulips are grown in West-Friesland, South- & East-Flevoland, North East-Polder Flevoland, New Zealand and Chile.
    Borst specializes in exclusive varieties and flexibility. Per forcing season, approximately 210 different cultivars are scalded. The tulips are forced indoors on large containers, most of which are forced on water. The tulips from these containers are picked three times a day.  

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Obdam, 20 January 2022

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    Dutch Lily Masters

    FlowerHunter: Eric Klein, Dion van de Heuvel

     

    At Dutch Lily Masters, almost the entire cultivation process is fully automated. The lilies grow in crates, which are distributed on mobile tables.

    The tables that are due to be harvested are removed from the greenhouse by a robot. These tables are then transported into the shed, where the employees are ready to cut the lilies. On average it takes around a week to empty the greenhouse, depending on the variety and the season in which they grow.

    One of the advantages of this system is that the flowers can be harvested centrally, which minimizes the risk of damage. After harvesting, they are bunched and prepared for shipment in water, all within one minute, which helps to improve the vase life. Read more about the lilium Euphoria. 

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Rijnsburg,11 November 2021

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    Kramer Seringen

    FlowerHunter: Esther Schreuder

     

    Two weeks ago, Menno and Erik Kramer brought the first Lilacs to the auction. They kick off the season with the variety 'Engler Weissen Traum'. The first two greenhouses have now been cut and the first 'Dark Kosters' will be cut this week. Kramer is now the only grower that has flowers, the other growers will also start in the coming weeks.
    We hope for just as good a Lilac season as last year.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Aalsmeer, 15 October 2021

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    Tunezo

    FlowerHunter: Esther Schreuder

     

    Ben and Wapke from nursery Tunezo (TUlpen, NErine and ZOmerbloemen), grow different kinds of seasonal products. We visited the garden to learn about some of the new varieties they plan to introduce next year.

    Campanula

    Campanula lactiflora is not entirely new. It has already been introduced to the market about twenty years ago, but then the product didn't quite get the reception they wanted. Fortunately trends change, also with flowers. Ben thinks this cheerful summer bloomer fits well into the current flower trend. Tunezo is the only company that grows this variety, which means that the product remains exclusive. Campanula is available in purple and pink.

    Eremurus

    For next year Tunezo has planned two new Eremurus varieties for exclusive cultivation. A very nice cream colored Eremurus and an equally nice warm salmon colored Eremurus. According to Tunezo, both new varieties have an impressive length (140 cm), a good vase life, uniform branches and a beautiful color. This year he will probably only produce 15 branches, but next year he hopes he will have larger numbers available.

    Scabiosa

    This Scabiosa, still unnamed, is a double (filled) caucasica. According to Ben, it is unique in its appearance. The first flowers are blossoming now, in August he expects more, although this year it will still be a very limited number. He’s hoping he can produce larger numbers next year.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Heemskerk, 25 June 2021

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    Kroon Flowers

    FlowerHunter: Esther Schreuder

     

    Kroon Flowers is a family business that has been involved in the horticultural industry for over 100 years. Martien grows three varieties of heavy Dutch quality Eryngium, all three varieties with an exclusive character. Eryngium 'Lovely White Green', Eryngium 'Blue Lagoon' and Eryngium zabelii 'Donard Variety'. In addition, Martien grows lavender and peonies on a small scale. 

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Abbenes, 18 June 2021

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    Kolster BV

    FlowerHunter: Esther Schreuder

     

    The FloraPodium was invited to the open house at breeder Kolster BV. We were given a fantastic tour of the garden and were able to admire all the new varieties in detail in the exhibition area.

    The company Kolster BV is originally a tree and plant nursery. From the standard assortment of plants and shrubs the love for breeding originated. Initially to perfect existing varieties, but not long afterwards new varieties were bred. All Kolster bred plants are marketed under the brand name 'Magical'. This brand name ensures worldwide recognition in the sector.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Boskoop, 18 June 2021

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    Royal van Zanten

    FlowerHunter: Ingrid Heugens en Peter van Delft

     

    Royal van Zanten has been breeding various types of cut flowers and pot plants for more than 150 years. During their open house, Ingrid and Peter were able to view and judge the flowering trials of different varieties of chrysanthemums that may be available in the future! And there were lots of wonderful and colorful varieties which we hope to see more of soon.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Valkenburg, 17 June 2021

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    L&A Ravensbergen

    FlowerHunter: Peter van Delft

     

    Peter visited nursery L&A Ravensbergen in Oegstgeest. Ravensbergen is a real seasonal grower, active from spring to autumn. According to Ravensbergen they grow according to real old Dutch craft. With great passion Ravensbergen grows a variety of products, such as Nigella, Zinnia, Helipterum, Panicum, Gomphrena and Iberis. In the coming weeks his nursery will mainly produce Zinnia Lilliput and Iberis in pink and white.

    Ravensbergen specializes in small numbers of exclusive trade. He is always looking for products that others do not have. He is therefore one of the few growers who grows Iberis as a cut flower.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Oegstgeest, 01 June 2021

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    Nico Janson

    FlowerHunter: Peter van Delft

     

    Nico has specialized in the cultivation of special, unusual flowers. He grows different kinds of seasonal products like Asclepias, Rudbeckia, Phlox, Mentha, Sedum, Euphorbia, Alchemilla, Stachus and Sanquisorba.As a hobby, Nico propagates Asclepias from seeds. As a breeder of Asclepias, he even has the very striking Asclepias 'Beatrix' and 'Amalia Improved' as introductions to his name.Peter took some beautiful photos of the Asclepias Red Antonia supers during his visit. These are available until October. In spring the flowers are still grown inside, later in the season they are also grown outside. Read more about an earlier visit and the Asclepias incarnata ‘Soulmate’ here.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Lisse, 17 May 2021

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    Dirk Alderden

    FlowerHunter: Rob van Leeuwen en Peter van Delft

     

    Dirk Alderden is a grower who grows his products with love and passion. He has several beautiful rose varieties that have an English nostalgic look, some of which with a lovely fragrance.  He grows in the old-fashioned way in the open ground, without a heating system in the greenhouse. This means that his roses grow the natural way, relying on the warmth of the sun. The spring has been exceptionally cold this year, and for that reason his cultivation started later and the stems are a bit shorter. This year, Alderden has expanded his range with some new varieties. He grows all varieties on a small scale, so the numbers are exclusive and limited.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Aalsmeer, 29 April 2021

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    Jan van der Salm

    FlowerHunter: Peter van Delft

     

    Peter visited Arno van der Salm, from Nursery Jan van der Salm. In 1993 Arno took over the company. Arno Matrecaria is currently growing 3 colors Anthirrium and 4 colors Campanula Medium. The company is MPS A certified.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, Zoeterwoude, 1 April 2021

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    Monarch Flowers

    FlowerHunter: Jan de Boer

     

    On Thursday the 20th of May 2021 Jan visited Monarch Flowers in Naaldwijk, The plant sales company Green Works from the town of Schagen has a nursery there for the Butterfly Ranunculus and also a trial set-up for the Ranunculus Romance series. Both the Butterfly and the Romance series originate from the Japanese breeder Aya Engei. The Butterfly has been on the market in The Netherlands for 6 years now and was first imported from Portugal and Italy. The nursery in Naaldwijk grows exclusively for the Dutch market. There are no other growers in the Netherlands. In this way they control the plant material themselves and can grow the purest product possible. The crops of the Butterfly and Romance species are a sight for sore eyes.

     

    FloraPodium on Tour, 's-Gravenzande,  1 April 2021

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